New Breast Cancer Support Group Targets Women 35 and Under
Breast cancer has been known to affect older women at a higher rate than younger ladies. According to the National Cancer Institute, on average women are diagnosed with this disease at age 61. However, cancer doesn’t discriminate and can target people under 35 years old.
Bobbie Niehaus, Tammy Crouch and Lorraine Le Stephens each were diagnosed with breast cancer before their mid-30s, and while they found support groups in their community, none were targeted to their age group.
“I love my cancer support group,” Crouch told Kentucky.com. However, with all the other members being older than her, she added they “don’t have the same issues that I have.”
As a result, Strength of Survivorship was born. A series of free monthly programs will be held in Baptist Health Lexington hospital in Kentucky starting in October. The groups concentrates on problems young women battling breast cancer often face, such as child care, body image, fertility issues and more.
There are other organizations for young women dealing with breast cancer. The Young Survivors Coalition is a global advocacy group filled with diverse members that serve as a community of support for breast cancer patients.